The Best Brunch And Breakfast Spots In Clermont-Ferrand, France

Josh Wright

The capital of France’s Auvergne region offers plenty to see and do. The city has a host of bars and cafes. Before embarking on your trip around Clermont-Ferrand, make sure you have a hearty brunch or breakfast at one of these spots.

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1. Les Kancres

Bistro, Restaurant, French

A tramway in Clermont-Ferrand
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Chef Pierre and front-of-house Sébastien aim to evoke some childhood memories at Les Kancres with their classroom-themed bistro. Blackboards, schoolbooks, and antique desks contribute to the atmosphere, but luckily there isn’t a teacher in sight. That leaves you free to enjoy the brunch buffet of cereal, scrambled eggs, potatoes, cold meats, sausages, house salad, and quiches. There are plenty of dessert choices as well. Take your pick from pancakes, pies, croissants, muffins, and pains au chocolat.

2. Au Poivre d’Âne

Restaurant, French

Chicken skewers
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If you’re in a rush or just fancy a light bite for breakfast, consider dropping in to Au Poivre d’Âne. Have a coffee, a glass of orange juice, and toast with butter and jam. This restaurant, located in the La Pardieu area of Clermont-Ferrand, has a chic yet understated design as well as conservatory seating that offers views of the city. They also have a good selection of wines here from Auvergne, Loire, Rhône, Bourgogne, Languedoc, Bordeaux, and Champagne.

3. Impreza

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dessert

Flat White
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Catering for the globetrotters among us, Impreza is a restaurant specializing in international cuisine that serves brunches containing flavors from all over the world. The African brunch comes with marinated chicken skewers, tomato chutney, ginger rice, red beans, and fried bananas, while the other countries represented on the menu are Lebanon, Greece, India, England, America, and Indonesia. Each brunch comes with a drink and a dessert (choices include panna cotta, crème brûlée, tiramisu, and a banana flambée). This makes for a bargain.

4. Australian Coffee House

Cafe, Coffee

A street in Clermont-Ferrand
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This charming little cafe sells breakfasts to eat in or take away, and provides a welcoming environment for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Have a read of the day’s newspapers while dining on homemade pastries, cakes, sandwiches, and soups. Make sure to try the flat white, a beverage originating from Down Under that consists of creamy, steamed milk with small, fine bubbles (“microfoam”) poured over an espresso shot. This creates a velvety texture that separates the flat white from a cappuccino or latte.

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